LATEST | Canucks make an announcement regarding Kirill Kudryavtsev

Published June 25, 2023 at 6:33 PM

In light of their building blue program, the Canucks highlighted another of their prospects. A rare 7th-round draft pick who signed his entry-level contract in his first-year of eligibility.

A 6'00'' and 201 pounds defenseman, Kirill Kudryavtsev is turning into a steal for the Canucks. Former NHLer Mike Komisarek, a member of the Canucks' player development team, narrated the prospect's presentation:

««He embodies pro-like habits. He's disciplined and organized with his mindset.»

Drafted in the 7th round at last year's #NHLDraft, defenceman Kirill Kudryavtsev wraps up our final edition of Building Blue.''

Lining up for the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL, the 19-year-old developed into a dominating force and played over 27 minutes on average. The defenseman registered 50 points in 67 regular season games, and some still wonder how he fell down this much in the draft. The amateur scouting reports on him are also quite promising:

''One of the smartest activators in the draft class, Kudryavtsev's upside comes from both supporting the offence and creating it. He anticipates hand-offs along the boards, using that space to shoot. The give-and-go from the point features heavily in his game, often used to create a shot for himself or set up a teammate across the slot. When he's on the weak side, he consistently identifies seams, then fills them without exposing his team to risk.''

--EliteProspects 2022 NHL Draft Guide

For now, things have been going well for Allvin and Rutherford in their draft strategies, can they keep it up with a loaded draft class this year?
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